Meet the Physical Education Faculty
Eric Evans, Chair
A 1972 Olympian, Eric serves as the Chair of the Physical Education Department. Eric holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College, and he has been involved in the sports/fitness/physical education realm as a participant, teacher, coach, referee, author, television broadcaster and event organizer for over 35 years.
Cyndy Gray, Adjunct Instructor
Cyndy has been training in the traditional martial arts since 1998 and received the title of Sensei in 2006. Her training is in Okinawan Shorin-ryu, Kobudo, and Aiki-Budo. She teaches martial arts at the Brattleboro, VT School of Budo under Kyoshi Patrick Donahue.
Julie Forsythe, Faculty
Julie is a member of the First-Year Department faculty, and her Meditation Sitting and Moving course is a direct outgrowth of many years of personal meditation practice.
Rich Grumbine, Faculty
Biology teacher Rich Grumbine has been a practitioner of yoga for 23 years, and is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor.
Bethe Jankelson, Faculty
Bethe is a 1993 graduate of the nationally acclaimed Outdoor Leadership Program, making her a perfect fit for her role as the Director of the Landmark Adventure Education program. Bethe is a passionate horse woman and coaches the Landmark equestrian team.
Jim Ilson, Adjunct Instructor
Jim holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to his artistic background, Jim has spent the last 25 years practicing and the last 15 years teaching T'ai Chi. He was a member of the Universal T'ai Chi Chuan Circle School from 1983-1995 and has since joined the Long River T'ai Chi Circle in Amherst, MA. When he's not teaching at Landmark, Jim also teaches beginner T'ai Chi classes and advanced sword form in Brattleboro, VT and advanced T'ai Chi classes in Northampton and Amherst.
Erik Schmitt, Adjunct Instructor
Erik graduated from Marlboro College with a degree in Medieval History. During his undergraduate education, he began his formal training in multiple styles of Eastern and Western martial arts. Erik has operated a fencing school since 2005—teaching rapier classes across southern Vermont. When he is not teaching or training, he wields a hammer in his Brookline workshop—reproducing Medieval European armor.
Virginia Scholl, Faculty
Virginia holds degrees from Wellesley (B.A.), Antioch Graduate School (M.A.T.), and Smith (M.F.A.), in addition to a Certification in Laban Movement Analysis. She also has a first level certification in Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym) and has worked with Bill Hubert in Bal-A-Vis-X. Virginia has studies T'ai Chi and Chi Gong for five years and has practiced Holosync meditation for five years. She has taught modern dance at the Brattleboro School of Dance for 15 years.
Ellen Wood, Faculty
Resident Dean Ellen Wood began teaching volleyball at Landmark in the late 1990s. She was a member of the New Hampshire State Championship team in 1987 and won the Most Valuable Player and the "I Love to Practice"awards during her volleyball career.
John Wood, Faculty
John has been one of the foundations of the Physical Education Department since its creation in the late 1990s. He has coached basketball and baseball teams at Landmark since 1992. John Wood has been a Resident Dean since 1992, and he has been published in a variety of periodicals including, "Coach and Athletic Director Magazine."